Nights at Hidden in Manchester have been getting better and better of late, and as if to illustrate this point, February 17th will bring Denis Sulta, Auntie Flo and Chaos in the CBD to town for a spectacular night of dance music. Each respected as both DJs and producers, the three of them work in similar but unique territory with their distinctive flavours of dancefloor dynamite, which should make for a fantastically well-rounded night in the belly of one Manchester’s best clubs.
Both hailing from Glasgow, Denis Sulta and Auntie Flo take very different approaches to their art, the latter looking to constantly explore distant sounds and less familiar timbres. A specialist in uncovering superb artists from the African and South American continents, Auntie Flo has used his co-owned Autonomous Africa and Highlife labels to provide a platform for music from afar, and his well-travelled tastes can also be heard in his dancefloor-oriented productions. A stickler for hand-hit rhythms and plenty of melody, his productions are transient trips from Glasgow to warmer terrains. More inclined towards synth-driven techno and house stompers, Sulta is perhaps the best embodiment of Glasgow you’ll find, his tracks throwing up a fiery euphoria that adds ferocious sparks to dark, twisted basement jams.
A little less local, Kiwi production duo Chaos in the CBD has nonetheless proven similarly tuned into UK dance crowds, with excellent productions on Youandewan, Church, Rhythm Section International and Mule Musiq marking them out as talented writers. Combining strong percussive beats with subtle and finessed jazz melodies, they are particularly adept at creating musical landscapes with soft contours, and will likely offer a floatier, more dreamy set than their peers.
With three very different takes on the clubbing experience set to be aired to the Manchester crowd, this will be a night spent en pointe on the very edges of house music.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Auntie Flo